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Everyone has times in life when they struggle with one thing or another. During the pandemic and the increased uncertainty it brings, many more people than usual are experiencing mental health issues.
Maybe your fears are getting the better of you. Perhaps you'd like to change an old habit, stop smoking, or lose weight. You might be struggling with unresolved grief, guilt, anxiety, or depression. Or maybe you have already made some positive changes in your life but feel you need a bit of support or motivation to continue. 
We are all capable of change, however old we become, and the brain is remarkably flexible or "plastic" over the course of our lives. Why wait any longer to feel better?
Claire de la Varre (Scot.USA) Presenter
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Hello! I'm Claire de la Varre I am a hypnotherapist registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC,, the General Hypnotherapy Registry and an accredited practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.


I have been in private practice since 2008, first in North Carolina, USA, and now I have a practice in Stirling. I have a basic DBS Disclosure. Read more about me here...

Choosing a practitioner: why work with me?

It is important to choose a qualified hypnotherapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of hypnotherapy. By choosing a hypnotherapist registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured. 

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps bring about some changes in perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. 

Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal. It can for example help relieve anxiety, aid sleep, help to address bedwetting, help with weight managementf, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking. It may also help with conditions that are exacerbated by stress as well as confidence and self-esteem issues. Hypnotherapy may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking.


Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain. Hypnotherapy has been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine. I am experienced working with children and teens with IBS and functional bowel disorders. Please see the About page for more information.

What does "integrative" hypnotherapy mean?

Integrative hypnotherapy means that in addition to hypnotherapy I may combine other approaches and techniques in a therapy session, and work with the whole person: mind, body and spirit. You can learn more about each type of therapy I offer by visiting the Therapies page. You can also book a free 15-minute chat with me to talk about your concerns.


What to expect when you work with me

My aim is to help get you back on your feet and functioning again with all the tools and resources you need to cope well with the circumstances of your life, in as few sessions as possible. I work with clients of all ages and take a practical, kind, and non-judgmental approach in my work. I look at the whole person, including which of your emotional needs are not being met. I will ask you about various aspects of your life including your concerns, stress level, relationships, health and medical history, sleep, and work, and will listen carefully.


You can choose a one-hour or 90-minute session, either online or in my comfortable Stirling office. Each session will be a mix of talk, learning practical skills and coping strategies, and hypnotherapy (using guided imagery and relaxation). Somewhere between 2 - 8 sessions is a typical range for many of my clients. However, sometimes people need more support and resolution may take longer. 

Whilst I work with clients of all ages, I specialise in the following areas and client populations: teens/adolescents (ages 11-21), recovery from domestic abuse, couples counselling, and addressing somatic symptoms (unresolved physical or medical symptoms). Please see the About page for more information.